Working at the boutique, I get asked a lot about what shapewear works best. We also get women who come in and say, "These clothes are gorgeous but they would only look good on thin women." I never know if I should be offended or flattered by this comment because I am a plus size woman and I wear P.U.G. clothing all the time. Am I included in the "thin" category according to them or are they saying I look ridiculous in those clothes?

At 29 and 220 pounds, I am the biggest I've ever been and even though I'm working on losing the extra weight, I don't want to go around wearing a big plastic bag until do. It's time to face reality and work with I have right now. I've never felt as beautiful as I do when I wear Pinup Girl clothing! In my case though, the clothing isn't everything. I've got one word for you...UNDERGARMENTS! Most women who try on P.U.G. think it doesn't look good on them but really it's just that they aren't wearing the correct undergarments.

Fellow PUGster Georgina Horne has a few very interesting posts about bras and undergarments on her page and she inspired me to make my own since I'm always getting asked about it. Check out her posts here...

I have always been insecure about my body and it took a lot of guts for me to post these pictures so please be nice. =)

Picture #1 is obviously only bra and panties, I would never dare to wear a form fitting dress with only these two items because I would be bulging everywhere. I understand some ladies have never worn body shapers and aren't used to the tightness so I suggest wearing high-waisted shaper shorts as in picture #2. Tuck it into your bra band so it doesn't roll down. Also, the shaper in picture #2 is more comfortable to wear all day and it slightly smooths out any bulges.

I recently discovered the Rago Extra Firm Shaping Girdle (picture #3) and at first I was skeptical because I thought it might ride up or roll down and I would have to keep tugging at it. This all changed when I tried it on and realized how amazing this thing is! It has an inner "power circle" and as you can see, it really pulls in the waist! It's surprisingly comfortable and flattens the tummy a bit.

When I have a special event or need a little extra cinching, I wear a corset as in picture #4. I wish it were longer to cover my whole belly but I might have to take a trip to What Katie Did for that. This corset is an old one and is very soft. I can bend in it and I don't feel like my eyes will pop out from the pressure but maybe I'm used to it. It does take time to get used to corsets but I LOVE the look so it's worth it for me. To protect my dresses from the metal busks and to smooth out the bumps and laces of the corset I wear a slip like in picture #5. 

I know this seems a bit crazy but I really hope this helps and enlightens some of you. I know when I started learning some of these tricks they totally changed my life! These products work for me so if you all have something that works wonders for you, I'd like to know. If any of you have questions or comments, please let me know. I am always open to new ways of doing things. =)

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Comment by Viola Von Kitten on November 20, 2012 at 3:50pm

I think that your figure looks fantastic with the shapewear ! I love how it looks so hourglass-y in the last picture with the slip too ! ^_^

Comment by Janna O'Shea on November 20, 2012 at 4:38pm

You look fantastic! I really need to invest in some shapewear.

Comment by Georgina Horne on November 20, 2012 at 4:38pm

<3 fab post.  And thank you xxx

Comment by Victoria Bonilla on November 20, 2012 at 4:44pm

I love this post!! I have to agree...I'm the biggest I've ever been as well and my self esteem was plummeting, that is, until I discovered PuG! I feel beautiful AND sexy anytime I put on an outfit...however, I'll admit that I was really nervous when I bought my first form fitting dress. I've gotten a couple of cinchers (I also own the one you're wearing in #3 and i LOVE IT SO MUCH AHH) and it has done wonders! You can find comfortable and effective undergarments that make you add a little extra wiggle in your step when you walk ;)

I love that I've found these clothes and this community. All women are beautiful, not matter what size, and confidence (ok and some undergarments) make ALL the difference :D

Comment by Jessica Maria Montalvo on November 20, 2012 at 4:45pm

OMG, I LOVE that slip that you have in picture#5...what is the brand? where can I find it?? XOXOXOX

Comment by Geo on November 20, 2012 at 4:46pm

Thank you for your post!

Comment by April L. Edwards on November 20, 2012 at 4:48pm

Thank you so much for this post. I'm was lost in the forest of shapewear! This is a great map!

Comment by Sarah Venneman on November 20, 2012 at 4:49pm

Agree with the above! I want that slip too. :-P

Comment by Marama Gravett on November 20, 2012 at 4:55pm

I think you look amazing. I'd love to be as small as you - sadly little seems to work (but that's a whole other story).

I'd never thought about wearing a slip over my corset before, but now that you mention it, it sure makes a heck of a lot of sense! :)

Comment by Laura Flatau Dankel on November 20, 2012 at 4:55pm
I have more of a pinup figure than a flapper, so was so excited to find this site. I am always struggling with bulges, as I am also at my heaviest ever and typically wear size 18. Shaper shorts are a must for skirts, but I have not been a fan of the high waisted, as they gap and roll. Most every day I sear a smoothing cami (Tar-jay has some excellent ones) for modesty & trimming. Currently in the market for a clincher or corset and considering the ones above.
Thank you so much for sharing - pic 1 could be me if you had a few more freckles!


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